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Introducing the new CCIE Data Center certification

New exams go live on April 27, 2020

Overview

The new CCIE Data Center certification program prepares you for today’s expert-level job roles in data center technologies. CCIE Data Center now includes increased focus on automation and programmability to help you streamline your data center deployment and operations.

One of the industry’s most respected certifications, CCIE distinguishes you as a technical leader.

Prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE Data Center, but you should have a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam.

CCIE candidates are recommended to have five to seven years of experience with designing, deploying, operating and optimizing data center technologies and solutions prior to taking the exam.

Exams and recommended training

New exams go live on April 27, 2020

To earn CCIE Data Center, you pass two exams: a qualifying exam and hands-on lab exam:

Step 1: Pass the qualifying exam

Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR 350-601)

The qualifying exam, Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies, focuses on your knowledge of data center infrastructure.

The qualifying exam earns a specialist certification, so you can get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

Recommended training: Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)

Step 2: Pass the lab exam

CCIE Data Center v3.0

This 8-hour hands-on lab exam covers the end-to-end lifecycle of complex data center networks, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.

Migrating to the new program

On April 27, 2020, the new CCIE Data Center v3.0 certification will replace the current CCIE Data Center v2.1.

If you have started working toward the current CCIE Data Center certification, keep going. In the new program, you’ll receive credit for work you’ve completed in the current certification.

  • If you pass the current CCIE Data Center written v2.1 exam before April 27, you will be eligible to take the new CCIE Data Center v3.0 lab exam after April 27.
  • After April 27, the CCIE Data Center written v2.1 will be replaced with DCCOR 350-601. After you pass DCCOR 350-601, you will earn the Cisco Certified Specialist – Data Center Core certification.
  • If you complete the entire CCIE Data Center certification before April 27, then as of April 27, you’ll maintain your CCIE Data Center certification as per the new recertification guidelines, and you will also receive the Cisco Certified Specialist – Data Center Core certification.